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Humpday (2009 movie)

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Lynn Shelton

A bromantic comedy par excellence,Humpdaypushes the concept of male bonding and male competition (so often intertwined) to its end point. Two old buddies, Ben (Mark Duplass) and Andrew (Joshua Leonard), reunite after a few years' time. Mark is living … see full wiki

Director: Lynn Shelton
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Humpday (2009 movie)

Testing Masculinity

  • Sep 3, 2009

Testing Masculinity

Amos Lassen

"Humpday" is one of those little movies that cause a big stir mainly because it was not expected to be as good as it is. Andrew appears suddenly on Ben's doorstep one night and the two old college friends pick up their friendship like it was when they were in school. Andrew invites Ben to a party as a commune which advocates sex positive and while there they hear of many plans to make erotic art films for the local amateur porn festival. Andrew decides he wants to be a part of it so he decides that he should have sex with Ben (on camera) but this is not gay sex--it is an artistic project. There are only three things standing in their way--the fact that they are heterosexuals, Ben's wife, Anna< and the mechanics of male/male sex. They convince themselves that this is to be an artistic film--two straight guys being themselves but having sex with each other.
Ben (Mark Duplass) and Andrew (Joshua Leonard) are two likeable characters and the tension between them is built up beautifully--in fact the whole premise is convincing. However there is a very slow slide downhill and that is so sad because otherwise the film is wonderful. Lynn Shelton directed admirably and I love the premise of two straight guys making a gay porn film. There is no real nudity but there are some rather crude jokes and because the guys are straight, the film is that much more outrageous. The film sounds like it might be a dirty adult comedy but it isn't--it is humorous as it is based on an unlikely situation as it puts straight masculinity to the test. The dialogue is excellent and the portrayals of the characters are quite good. The big scene of the film will have you laughing for a long time.

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